On Feb. 5, a video surfaced online showing a a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student who self identifies as the “most active white-nationalist in Nebraska,” engaging with other white nationalists and condoning violence.
The video rightfully caused many students to fear for their safety and question whether the NU community valued each individual’s worth and dignity.
We condemn the actions and statements of this student. Hate and violence have no place at UNL. As students, leaders and colleagues, we have an obligation to stand with each other and condemn acts of hate. White supremacy has no place at UNL.
The university administration has taken the general position that the student’s statements are shielded by the First Amendment. We do not take issue with that analysis. We understand that the First Amendment is foundational to American constitutional democracy and shields even reprehensible speech.
However, as members of the NU College of Law community we recognize that even protected speech can have significant costs associated with it -- one of those costs being the seeming devaluation of the thousands of minority students on campus.
We stand in solidarity with those students who feel victimized by this student’s statements. We call on all students, staff and faculty to join us in the fight against bigotry, racism, white supremacy and all other forms of hate.
Addison Fairchild, Joy Kathurina, Shannon Seim, Cole Burmeister and Dayna Langdon, Lincoln
Co-signed by 81 other students and 22 faculty and staff of the College of Law